Staunton, July 18 – Two new surveys show the collapse of public trust in the powers that be: In one, carried out by the Russian Academy of Economics and State Service, only 18 percent accept Kremlin assurances that Russia will avoid a second wave of the pandemic, with 45 percent expecting it sometime later this year and 37 percent saying it is hard for them to say (krizis-kopilka.ru/archives/78254).
And in the second, nearly 84 percent of leaders of small and mid-sized businesses say they face ruin, that a moratorium on bankruptcies won’t help, and that the government hasn’t done enough to help them, a position that even the government’s business ombudsman takes as well (svpressa.ru/economy/article/271001/
Instead of accepting what Vladimir Putin or his regime say, Russians are increasingly attentive to medical specialists who have been arguing for some time that a second wave is likely in the fall when the more general flu season begins and who call for taking measures now to defend against that possibility (regnum.ru/news/3013670.html).
Those experts by their analyses and predictions are contributing to the undermining of public trust in the government. Today, for example, doctors pointed out that coronavirus infections manifest themselves in far more ways than had been thought, yet another explanation for the sense many have that there are far more cases in Russia than the government admits (kp.ru/daily/27157.5/4255336/